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    Bamban Airfield (Bambam) Tarlac Province Philippines
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Tony Feredo 2004

Location
Bamban Airfield was located at an elevation of 164' in Tarlac Province in the Philippines. To the southwest is Bamban (Bambam) and to the south is the Bambam River. To the northwest was Capas and roughly five miles to the south is Mabalacat.

Construction
Built prewar by the U. S. Army as a pair runways for military use. This location was the northern most landing ground in the Clark Field area.

Wartime History
During the Japanese occupation of the Philippines, Bamban Airfield was used by the Japanese Navy and Army Air Force as a major airfield. Several units were assigned there including a mix of Imperial Japanese Navy and army air units (in transit).

Japanese units based at Bamban
653 Kokutai
203 Kokutai
201 Kokutai, 304 Hokotai (29 A6Ms) Oct 22, 1944 detachments to Mabalacat East and Cebu

After the U. S. Army landing on Luzon, Bamban was attacked by American bombers and fighters between the middle of January 1945 until early April 1945.

American missions against Bamban
January 18 - April 2, 1945

Ki-46-III Dinah
Abandoned at the airfield

Today
Disused since the Pacific War.

Today
The former airfield area is replanted as a sugar cane plantation. There is a Japanese memorial marker at the former airfield.

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Last Updated
October 23, 2019

 

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